FBCCEDP Receives Additional Funding, Not a Reduction
We are very happy to report that the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program will be funded at an all-time high of $2.1 million!
A very special thank you to Speaker Steve Crisafulli, Senator Tom Lee and Representative Richard Corcoran for reinstating the funding and to all of our supporters for reaching out to their local representatives to voice the need for this additional funding.
Please thank these Florida legislators, that thousands of Florida women will receive life-saving screening, diagnostics and treatment for breast cancer.
Last week, during budget negotiations, the Florida Legislature eliminated ALL of the non-recurring funding for the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, reducing the state appropriation from $1.8 million to only $300,000. That reduction would have resulted in approximately 3,200 fewer women in Florida having access to life-saving cancer screening services.
Florida ranks third in the United States in the number of new breast cancer cases per year and second in the number of deaths. An estimated 15,470 Floridian women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis and an estimated 2,830 are expected to die from the disease in 2015. Without this funding, thousands of women will not have access to the necessary screenings to save their lives.
Mammography remains the single most effective method for early detection. We know that when cancer is discovered early, treatment is more successful.
The Mary Brogan Program provides lifesaving cancer screenings for medically underserved women between the ages of 50 and 64 who otherwise would not have access to this type of care. Women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through the program are eligible to apply for a special Medicaid program that will cover the costs of their treatment.
The services provided through this program are vital.